A Story City man was arrested Tuesday, May 2, after police say that the stole more than $2,000 worth of electronics from three Ames businesses and then sold some of the products.
Tyler Kent Bates, 25, is charged with second-degree theft and two counts of fourth-degree theft (theft by deception).
According to Ames Police Cmdr. Geoff Huff, on April 18, Bates stole an iPhone 7+ valued at $770 from The Cellular Connection, 115 S. Duff Ave. The next day, Huff said Bates sold the iPhone for $400.
Huff said that Bates also stole two GoPro cameras (valued at $600 total), from the South Duff Walmart, and another iPhone 7+ from the Ames Sam’s Club on April 22. That same day, Bates sold the iPhone to another person for $300, Huff said.
In both instances, Huff said that Bates took the iPhones off the display in the stores.
Total value of all the items was estimated around $2,100.
Police were able to identify Bates through surveillance video and tips from the community.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Bates was being held in Story County Jail on $7,500 bond.
Second-degree theft is a class D felony, punishable by up to five years in jail. Fourth-degree theft is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.